One year ago was the last time anyone saw or heard from 16-year-old Keiosha Felix. Since then there has been little information and breaks in the case of her disappearance. But family and friends gathered, still hopeful for her safe return.
Tuesday night showed there are still people who care about Keiosha and want her to return home safe. Friends, family, along with others showed up to pray and keep hope alive. However, it was the appearance of someone who knows Felix best that had folks believing it was a positive sign.
Friends and family of Keiosha gathered in Girard Park. There they held a candle light vigil to keep her face visible out in the public and remind people she is still missing.
"You tend to want to feel hopeless, but we have God so we always have hope," says Tammy Charles, "But we gotta keep believing. If we give up now, we're giving up on her and we're not gonna do that."
Charles, a volunteer has spear headed the effort to find the teenager who disappeared April 30, 2012. Along with Keiosha's aunt, Lena Louis, the two have done everything in their power to get her back.
"We're not giving up. We really appreciate all the support from everyone that's been by our side this whole year," says Lewis.
A press conference was held in early April at the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office on Keiosha's 16th birthday. No new information or breaks in the case were announced. A common theme throughout the investigation.
"We always hope there's gonna be information or leads coming in, but there hasn't been anything," says Charles.
Lewis says she had a special feeling during the vigil. A feeling that something hopeful is on the horizon. That hope came in the form of Keiosha's grandmother who raised her. It was her first public appearance since Keiosha's disappearance.
"Maybe she didn't know how to come forward and just say anything, because there was a lot going on," says Lewis, "but something has brought her here tonight. I feel like we are about to get some good news, some answers."
The only new information released at that press conference on Felix's birthday, is a $5,000 reward for any information that leads to her return.
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